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Trip Report: Beijing, Xian, Wedding in Handan

Trip Report: Beijing, Xian, Wedding in Handan

Old Feb 25th, 2007, 06:26 AM
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Trip Report: Beijing, Xian, Wedding in Handan

I finally waded through it all & finished the report (I think). See link below for our February 2007 trip to Beijing, Xian & Handan for a family wedding. Pictures included.

http://members.rennlist.com/imcarthur/china.htm

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Old Feb 25th, 2007, 07:19 AM
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Ian,

Thanks for the great report. I'll be in Beijing next month so I had planned on just reading thru the Beijing sections, but the report was so well written I had to read it all!

I really enjoyed the pictures. Now I'm even more excited for my trip!
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Old Feb 25th, 2007, 09:25 AM
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Really enjoyed your report and pictures -- thank you for posting them !!
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Old Feb 25th, 2007, 11:03 AM
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Thank you for a delightful report and hearty congratulations on the occasion of your son's wedding!
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Old Feb 25th, 2007, 11:22 AM
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Wow! What a wonderful trip. Thanks so much for the report, it was fascinating!

I was surprised by all the shopping opportunities, I think you're right that was because you had a guide. And also by the delayed flights - I traveled by train and found they sometimes left a couple of minutes early! BTW, I did the Dinner Show in Xi'an without the dinner, and it wasn't bad. Pity you missed the Muslim quarter though - a reason to go back!
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Interesting report!! I dream of travelling one day to China but the language barrier, and my fear of not getting vegetarian food has held me back so far...but your report tempts me...
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Old Feb 25th, 2007, 11:57 AM
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Suja - China is a great place for vegetarians! There are even sub-cuisines devoted to them. The language barrier is real but can be dealt with - and I found those Chinese who did speak English incredibly helpful. You need a guidebook with Chinese characters for place names, and a phrasebook with characters as well as English and pinyin. The big east coast cities are getting easier, and will be even more so with the Olympics coming up.
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Old Feb 25th, 2007, 02:08 PM
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I'm glad you enjoyed it.

We were surprised at how many people in Beijing & Xi'an did have a bit of English. We ran into random people in shops, restaurants & many attractions spoke at least a little. The kids told us that they take a bit in school. And it is a popular university major.

One taxi driver struggled for the 1st 5 minutes to say "Welcome to China" to us as he drove.

Most street signs in Beijing are English & restaurants often have a copy of their menu in English. Highway signs are also duplicated in English although foreigners can't drive anyway.

In Handan this changed since they don't see tourist buses.

Any yes, I think it would be very easy to be a vegetarian in China. A good choice of vegetables were always served.

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thanks for the report and the pics...
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Old Feb 26th, 2007, 12:14 AM
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Que Bueno!

We are going in March, my friends will appreciate such recent info.

Muchas Gracias,

 
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Ian: Can't explain how I missed it, probably was on vacation in Hawaii. Truly enjoyed your fantastic report!
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